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Superintendent Messages

Superintendent Message: Oct. 12, 2018

Dear Vista Unified School District families, 

 

It has been an amazing school year so far. We are grateful to you and all of our dedicated teachers, certificated and classified staff, and administrators for continuing to make our school community such an impactful experience for our scholars.

 

Vista High School (VHS) continues to make strides as they enter into the third year of the $10 million XQ grant to re-imagine what a high school experience should look like in the 21st century. The grant is allowing VHS to change the way students learn and thrive, while measuring student success at every turn. The first year was planning, year two was program implementation, and this year is fine-tuning the lessons learned.

 

Grapevine Elementary launched the district’s first Dual Immersion program. This flagship program uses a 50% English and 50% Spanish instruction model so students, no matter their primary language, will be able to learn, converse, and write in both languages.

 

As a district, we added Equity to our values. What this means is, we will continue to ensure all students have access to schools, resources, and supports needed to be successful. One of those supports is the expansion of our bus program. Last school year, we provided busing to eligible students at Hannalei, Breeze Hill, Monte Vista, Mission Meadows, and Mission Vista. This year, we expanded the program to include eligible students at Grapevine, Lake, Rancho Minerva, Roosevelt, and T.H.E. Leadership Academy. These new routes will help families with the most need get to and from school.  

 

While the school year is moving along as scheduled, we are already planning for next year. This means preparing for the reality that we will receive less funding due to declining enrollment. As a whole, public schools are experiencing declining enrollment, and we are no exception. This school year we are down approximately 600 students. This decline equates to a fiscal shortfall of more than $6 millionWe will continue to, investigate streamlined ways to decrease spending including making sure our existing resources match the needs of our students without incurring additional expenses and working with district and site leadership to ensure every dollar spent ties back to the needs of students.   

 

We will also continue to identify alternative funding opportunities such as public, private, and nonprofit grant opportunities to supplement funding shortfalls. We recently secured a preschool grant of $1.5 million that will allow us to add more than 100 preschool slots for Vista children ages 2 to 5 over the next 5 years.

 

In order to upgrade our campus facilities, the Vista Unified School District Board of Trustees voted on May 31, to place School Bond Measure LL on the November 2018 ballot. If approved by voters, the measure could generate up to $247 million to make improvements to our buildings and campuses.
 
Measure LL funding would provide for:

  • Improvements to school security infrastructure
  • Classrooms and labs for career and technology education classes
  • Facilities needed to support math, science, and technology
  • Upgrading of classrooms, libraries, and science labs
  • Creation of flexible, multi-use classrooms to support hands-on instruction
  • Improvement of heating, ventilation, insulation, doors, and windows to increase energy efficiency and save money
  • Repair or replacement of deteriorating roofs, plumbing, sewer lines, and electrical systems

 

Measure LL funding would stay in our community for our schools, and no funds could be taken away by the state. Click here for more information on Measure LL. 

 

Our young learners continue to thrive. Our teachers are experts at finding innovative ways to engage students, and our support staff and administration remain steadfast champions of our families.

 

I will continue to inform you on the fantastic teaching and learning happening on our campuses as well as keeping you updated on district funding and priorities.

 

It is an honor to be the superintendent of the Vista Unified School District. I look forward to a year filled learning, wonder, and curiosity for all students.
 

In service to students and families,

 
Linda Kimble, Ed.D.
Superintendent
Vista Unified School District